Chico Chai

Recent Tasting Notes

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Ooh, this one isn’t for me. It’s strongly spicy but there’s no sweetness to it at all so it just ends up tasting harsh. I added sugar to this cup and it’s better this way but since I don’t like it plain I’m unlikely to reach for it again. To the swap pile!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai
1116 tasting notes

Yep, I must buy more of this. Delicious, thick, yummy cacao with chai. It’s perfect. Truly. Raising the rating, because it really is that good.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai
1116 tasting notes

Thankfully, there’s more than a cup or two in this tiny little tin (looks are deceiving!) and so I enjoyed another hefty cuppa earlier today. What can I say? It’s a cacao chai, and it’s absolutely divine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
LiberTEAS

Yay! I’m so glad to see other people enjoying Chico Chai!

MissB

Yikes! I forgot to thank *JustJames& for this… if it weren’t for him, I’d probably still be unaware of just how amazing they are.

Suziqzer

You’ve been into the chocolate chai’s lately :)

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai
1116 tasting notes

Now this is a tasty chai! It’s a bit cloudy after brewing, however I find that the case anytime cacao is ground into a powder… think hot chocolate where the solids struggle to mix in properly. It’s sweet, has only a touch of heat, creamy, almost a honey-like quality to it, and then there’s the richness of the chocolate, which is definitely in the background yet still makes itself known in the feel and texture of the tea. Delicious!

Thank you JustJames for sharing this delightfully tiny little tin (about 4 tsp worth) so that I could try it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mate Chai by Chico Chai
379 tasting notes

booyah! this kicks a three letter word that we all have following us around! beautiful spice balance, gorgeous fresh, the mate keeps me on top of my game….. i think this may be the best i’ve had, chico or otherwise.

i will be buying a tin of this. not a price for the faint of heart, but this works well for me and shines as a saucepan roiled latte.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dark Bittersweet, Molasses, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai
4391 tasting notes

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A really good chocolate chai. There is finely ground cacao in the blend, so the chai brews up kind of cloudy, but don’t let that deter you … that’s chocolate in there!

Milk really isn’t needed with this chai (I usually brew my chai in water, not stovetop with milk/water combo) because there is a pleasant creaminess from the vanilla notes and the cacao. Milk wouldn’t hurt it, I’m sure, I just didn’t add milk to mine because I didn’t want to mess up the chocolate. It probably wouldn’t have … but we’re talking chocolate, and I wasn’t willing to take a chance on that. Chocolate is too important!

Rich with chocolate, nice spice level, this chocolate chai gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/31/chocolate-chai-blend-chico-chai/

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when was the last time you had a cup of ‘wow’? i mean on here, although we’re polite about it, we’re all fortunate enough to be afforded the luxury to be tea snobs (or connoisseurs if you’re more comfortable=0). so many companies send out ‘wow’ samples…. how do you measure after such skilled generosity?

for me this is WOW.

LiberTEAS drew my attention to the fact that they offered a sampler. that worked well for me seeing as i had just gone through my ‘rishi chocolate chai’ fiasco and i was not prepared to invest a ton without trying some first.

chico’s a california company, free trade, fresh made, highly spoken of by LiberTEAS. i love chai… never had it fresh =0)…. i was intrigued. the brilliant LiberTEAS even included a link for me!

the sampler included an original mix, a chocolate, a mate and a rooiboos. aw! rooiboos…. i wrote a letter. the tea blender, sarah replied promptly: ‘no problem. we can offer you another sample as your fourth.’ perfect!

as asked i made a note during checkout to remind sarah of our conversation and hit the ‘pay now’ button. …. …….. ………. ‘confirm payment’ WHAT???? THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS FOR SHIPPING FROM CALIFORNIA TO BC? um, no. i politely said so.

again i got a very polite and prompt reply from a now concerned sarah. ‘WHAT? it is NOT supposed to be doing that!!!!’ of course it all wound up fine after a bit of fiddling, and i got my rooiboos free sampler with a surprise strainer included which perfectly fits the top of my mug! sarah! thank you so much!

customer service 5/5. on to the chai.

fresh makes all the difference apparently. it makes very good sense of course, but never having had it how could i know? lots of heat from the spice, a well rounded, comforting punch.

i used 7grams for 1.5 cups of water. water brought to a boil and then dropped to a simmer at which point i added the chai and let it roil for a conservative 10 minutes (they recommend anywhere from 5-30 minutes lol). i thought i’d start conservatively!

OMG…. LiberTEAS… i owe you. this is spice cake, this is spicy enough to give me an endophin rush but not so spicy that i have to sacrifice dignity by fanning my tongue. decadent, fresh, no hint of off-the-shelf spices. beautifully balanced. with cream added it reminds me of the spiced cream i make in the summertime with a lot more punch….

i absolutely see why sarah and chico are award winners. if i had more and (arguably) if i were a nicer guy i’d share to prove my point, but i don’t ….. and i’m rather in love so in this instance i’m not feeling abundantly nice! lol.

by FAR the best chai i’ve ever had. i will definitely order more… just have to figure out which one!

http://chicochaitea.com/shop/chico-chai-variety-box/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
MissB

Keep it to yourself! :) I’ll definitely order some my next tea-buying go around.

JustJames

it is UNREAL! i cannot recommend it enough. wow! it’s a rare thing when i am not prepared to share a sample, lol.

Dexter

Yep – added to the shopping list – not allowed to buy tea at this time, but am really excited by this. Will order some once my stash is under control. The great chai quest is still on. Thanks James for pointing this out!!!

JustJames

i’m on that same diet dexter. i have a couple of swaps to do then i’m done for the semester or i’ll have problems with grocery money!! lol. hard to study if you’re worried about food. lol.

caile

Nice to find a ‘wow’ tea! Sounds good!

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drank Red Chai by Chico Chai
4391 tasting notes

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I’ve tried a few rooibos chai blends out there, some I’ve liked, some I haven’t … this one is one that I definitely liked. A really good rooibos chai.

The anise really comes forward in this chai, then I notice the cinnamon and pepper/ginger. The rest of the spices are more of a “spice medley” on the palate, and it is more difficult to pick out the individual flavors. But I am enjoying the way the flavors all come together.

The vanilla is especially nice here, because it gives an undertone of creaminess without adding dairy, which is something I don’t like to add to rooibos chai blends because rooibos is so thin … milk will just … overwhelm the flavors.

Warm and cozy!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/18/loose-leaf-red-chai-rooibos-blend-from-chico-chai/

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Backlog:

A very delicious chai. Good and spicy! Makes an excellent latte too.

Warm, spicy … I love the anise in this one. The touch of vanilla gives is a pleasing, creamy undertone so you don’t need to add dairy to it … it has a nice creaminess to it without the dairy (although like I said, the dairy does make a delectable latte)

A rich malty assam serves as the base for this, and it’s a really rewarding Chai.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/02/original-loose-leaf-chai-chico-chai/

JustJames

thanks to you i did wind up ordering their sampler…. very good customer service, the blender made a special order up for me WITHOUT rooiboos. EXCELLENT customer service. thank you for the recommendation.

LiberTEAS

That’s wonderful. Yes, I enjoyed my interaction with this company. They’re a really good company … and their chai rocks.

JustJames

looking forward to it, thanks again!!

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drank Mate Chai by Chico Chai
4391 tasting notes

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A really good Mate chai! I’ve been very impressed with Chico Chai’s products. There is a good level of spice, spicy but not overwhelming. I can taste the tea base (or in this case, yerba mate base.) Peppery, energetic, it isn’t a weak chai by any means, and not for someone who tends to be wimpy when it comes to spice. But I like that I’m tasting the earthy notes of the yerba mate too, and the earthy tones of the mate bring out a different sort of flavor in the spices too, allowing those earthy notes to be explored.

A really good chai.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/22/mate-chai-chico-chai/

JustJames

this interests me……

LiberTEAS

If you like chai … you should check out Chico Chai’s sample assortment … it comes in a cute box with all four of their loose leaf blends, including this one: http://chicochaitea.com/shop/chico-chai-variety-box/

I’ve not been disappointed with any of the chai that I’ve tried from them.

JustJames

thank you so much for the recommendation LiberTEAS!

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AWESOME! I tried this chai concentrate a few different ways since I had a quart of it. I tried it as a blended ice drink which was amazing!

I also had it as a hot latte, and it is so good. The ladies at Chico Chai know what they’re doing! A nice spicy-sweet blend of tea and spices. It’s been sweetened, but it’s not overly sweet which is important to me when it comes to chai concentrates, because most of what you’ll find in the markets are more sweetener than they are tea and spices and quite frankly … that’s off-putting to me. This is lightly sweetened … and my taste buds thought it was just perfect!

My full-length review can be read here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/10/product-review-chico-chai-strong-brew-chai-concentrate-from-chico-chai/

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